Going for a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, will help you regain that good body shape. This is especially useful for people who could not cut out excess fat and skin through regular exercise. However, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons makes it clear that such a surgical operation should not have been viewed as a substitution to normal exercise and diet routines.

Once, your surgeon has ascertained your suitability for the operation, you would have the choice of several different categories of abdominoplasty, based on your specific need:

1. The Complete / Full Abdominoplasty

In a situation in which a large amount of fat – as well as skin – has to be removed, the full abdominoplasty operation would be conducted. Such a procedure would involve certain additional aspects apart from just getting the excess skin and fat removed.

One key characteristic of such an operation is the length of the incision. In order to facilitate the extensive fat-skin removal process, a long incision must be made, starting from one hip and ending on the other. If a lady's anatomy features a long distance between her belly button and pubic area, such an incision would characteristically be quite high on the abdomen.

In order to get as much fat and skin removed, surgery would involve temporary disconnection of your belly button. Moreover, you would also benefit from tightening of the deep layer in your tummy.

2. The Partial / Mini Abdominoplasty

Unlike the complete operation that involves tightening of abdominal regions above and below the belly button, a partial operation would only have the part below your belly button tightened.

Due to the manner in which this operation is done, you must be sure that it's right for you; otherwise, you might end up with an unattractive “mini tuck look”. This is the occurrence of a bulge in the upper abdomen as only the lower fascia gets tightened.

Due to the less intensive nature of the mini tuck, only a short incision would be necessary. Such an incision is quite similar to what happens in a C-section, albeit a bit longer. The best-placed candidates for this type of procedure are people who need revision of C-section scars.

One thing you should be well aware of is that you can not expect the results of a complete abdominoplasty while opting for a partial operation. This is something that uninformed persons might think is a useful way to avoid having a large incision, yet the results are quite different. Moreover, you should only seek this service from an expert surgeon; otherwise, you may end up with unsatisfactory results if you opt for a poorly qualified surgeon who prescribes the mini tuck when you should go a complete operation.

A new kind of hybrid operation also exists that enables surgeons to tighten the deep layer of your abdomen, without removing skin on the lower abdomen. Such a hybrid operation, commonly referred to as an endoscopic abdominoplasty, involves very small incisions. Here, tightening can only be done exclusively through scopes. The hybrid-type procedure would be best suited for ladies who were previously physically fit and did not gain too much weight during pregnancy.